Learn About SSCA

Sonoma Sister Cities Association (SSCA) strives to cultivate successful relationships of a global nature among the youth, adults and businesses of Sonoma Valley through cultural, educational, and social events, along with leadership programs which emphasize reaching out to potential partners and beneficiaries within our sister city communities.

SSCA programs are supported by local volunteers and city officials and foster long-term relationships with cities abroad, opening the doors to meaningful and lasting global friendships and connections which promotes mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Meet the Board of Directors

Our Board consists of elected officers and the chairperson of each city committee as well as Bocce Sonoma and is staffed by volunteers. We also have board members who oversee particular functions which support all committees and SSCA as a whole: government compliance, membership, communications and public relations, and operations. Board members contribute advice and various levels of support to project leaders working to fullfill the mission of Sister Cities International. Pictured: (right to left) Hans Steuck, Vice President; Farrel Beddome, President; Monica Menco, Communications Director, and Violet Espiritu, Secretary.

Sonoma City Hall

Thank You to the City of Sonoma

SSCA would not be possible without the authorization and involvement of the City of Sonoma.  Each of our sister city relationships results from an official agreement between each city government.  Sister city relationships are the result of timely, careful communciations between representatives of each city who work with SSCA to advance the mission of Sister Cities International and create the opportunity for citizen to citizen diplomacy.  Our current mayor, Mr. David Cook, has been personally involved with delegation visits, as have other members of the City Council.   Click here for more infromation about the City of Sonoma.

Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:C.Maylett
  • Artist:  Ashour Messelhi/1982

Learn about the Egyptian Children’s Tapestries on View at SVMA

Please join the Aswan, Egypt Sister Cities Committee at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art on Wednesday, December 2, from 4-5pm for a special tour of this remarkable exhibit An […]

  • Guests celebrated the 2013 holiday party at the Sonoma Barracks

SSCA 2015 Will Be a Great Opportunity to Renew Your Membership

SSCA is hosting its annual Holiday Party once again at the Sonoma Barracks on December 4, 6:00-8:00pm right after the annual tree lighting ceremony on The Plaza. […]

  • In Memory of the Victims of the Paris Attacks

A Message to Our French Friends – We Are Grieving with You

A Message to Our French Friends
It is with a heavy heart that we watch the tragic events in Paris unfold this evening. Every news announcement tells of more innocent lives […]

  • Daniel Kovacs

Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee Brings Hungarian Winery Intern to Sonoma

Sonoma, CA September 2, 2015

The Sonoma-Tokaj Sister City Committee is proud to announce the arrival of Hungarian viticulture intern Daniel Kovacs in Sonoma on Tuesday, August 26. Mr. Kovacs will […]

  • The Track to Success: 2015 Bocce Sonoma Tournament
  • That's a Shot!  Go Red!


SONOMA, CA – October 9 2015

Bocce Sonoma closed out the 2015 season with an amazing tournament and a record number of players/members. The 2015 season encompassed thirteen leagues and […]

  • Ivy Cardinaux

Remembering Ivy Cardinaux

Our dear friend and long time Chamson member, Ivy Cardinaux, passed away September 2, 2015. She was 92 years old. In 1987, Ivy began dedicating her time to the sister […]

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November 15, 2015 – Click here to open the flyer.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Please join George McKale and the Sonoma-Aswan Sister City Committe on Wednesday, December 2nd at 4:00pm for an informational tour of the current exhibit of tapestries created by the Egyptian children of Harrania. This is a free event and will last about an hour.

  • Save the date: The 2015 SSCA Holiday Party is happening Friday, December 4 at the Sonoma Barracks on The Plaza, 6-9pm. Suggested donation for admission: Members- $20 and non-members – $35

  • Bocce Sonoma finished the 2015 season of league play earlier this month. Watch here for announcements about the upcoming 2016 season.

  • Good news!  The Sonoma-Patzcuaro Sister City Committee succeeded in getting the fire truck trasferred and driven to Ecuandureo, State of Michoachan, Mexico.  Click here for more details.  Contact P. Garcia at patzcuaro if you are interested in joining the Committee.